http://www.willistonpioneer.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en 25 Years Ago This Week http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/25-years-ago-week <p> Participating in the 4-H State Congress were Sarah Ahmed, Karen Branson, Rhonda Roberts, Eden McGee, Ginny Yearty, Phyllis Alexander and Robyn Hemond.<br /> Lonnie Blitch&nbsp; received the Levy Soil and Conservation District Service Award.<br /> Judge W.O. Beauchamp swore in James Drew, Jack Hoy, Scott Rutland and Robert Stanley to the city council.<br /> Harvey and Margaret Pool announced the birth of a son, Dillon Wade, born July 28.<br /> Cleon Blitch, 76, and Clara Belle Kollock, 84, died.<br /> Can this city be saved? http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/can-city-be-saved <p> There&rsquo;s trouble afoot in the city of Williston, and it&rsquo;s been brewing for some time. But if you ask some folks, they would chalk up this rough patch to an anomaly and skirt right over it.<br /> <em>No hay peor ciego que el que no quiere ver&ndash;There is none so blind as he who will not see.</em><br /> It&rsquo;s unfair to say the city&rsquo;s finances are in disarray, because the fact of the matter is, no one knows. Anything. Good or bad. Which makes us ask the only question there is to ask&ndash;why?<br /> Reporters are no different from you http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/reporters-are-no-different-you <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/Caro5_0.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> I knew when I was 10 years old I was going to be a writer.&nbsp; I knew when I was 17 years old that newspapers were in my future. That realization only came as I was filling out college applications and it dawned on me that no one pays you to write romance novels when you&rsquo;ve never experienced romance.<br /> Our content has value http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/our-content-has-value <img src="http://www.willistonpioneer.com/sites/www.willistonpioneer.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/Caro5.jpg" alt="Carolyn Ten Broeck" title="Carolyn Ten Broeck" align="left" hspace="6" width="64" height="85" /><p> You may have seen it on our&nbsp; front page last week. Beginning Thursday, March 17 the Williston Pioneer website goes to a subscriber-only site.<br /> Why? You&rsquo;re asking. Because our newpaper content has value and there is expense associated with delivering it to you&ndash;whether it be in print form or online.<br /> Each week more than 20 people help get your newspaper to you. Most of you only see the three of us here&ndash;Debbie, Chris and me. But the truth is, behind the scenes there are others who ensure that the paper reaches the mailboxes and stores each week.<br /> Silence is not golden http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/silence-not-golden <p> When Williston City Council President Marc Nussel announced last week the elimination of public comment at council meetings, we were, at first, alarmed. After all, this country is based on basic freedoms&ndash;like speech, assembly, religion and the press.<br /> But then Nussel clarified, stating that residents can still speak on issues on the agenda, and if the need occurs, they can be placed on an upcoming agenda to have their concerns addressed.<br /> We can't hear you http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/we-cant-hear-you <p> If the Williston City Council really wants to have its residents attend, and participate, in its meetings and workshops, it needs to take immediate steps to ensure that people are both comfortable and heard.<br /> The city council chambers can pack about 70 people in shoulder-to-shoulder&ndash;pretty much like economy seats on an airplane. That in itself is uncomfortable, and possibly unhealthy, as germs have nowhere to go in the stagnant air except onto a neighbor.<br /> Lead by example http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/lead-example <p> At last week&rsquo;s Williston Council meeting, Councilor Debra Jones admonished local candidates to adhere to a resolution the council passed in 2003 that called for proper conduct in public settings.<br /> We agree, but we want to see it taken one step further. We want the council to lead by example and challenge those who come to their meetings to do the same.<br /> The last several city council meetings have, at times, been chaotic.<br /> New Orleans is a magical place http://www.willistonpioneer.com/content/new-orleans-magical-place <p> The question was simple: how spontaneous are you? The answer was easy: very.<br /> And with that brief interchange, Iā€ˆbegan yet another exciting adventure late last month.<br /> My birthday falls near the end of January, and since I suffer from SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), Tom usually whisks me away to a sunnier-than-Levy County locale so I can soak up the sun.<br />